Tchaikovsky was not Gay? + MORE Sep 19th

 

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Just 26, and Playing the Big House (Carnegie Hall) + MORE

It’s rare for a young artist to play Stern Auditorium solo, but Carnegie is giving the pianist Behzod Abduraimov the nod..... More »
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WASO rejoins the Folds in faultless harmony + MORE

ACCORDING to Ben Folds there are two kinds of cities — the kinds that have a symphony orchestra and the kinds that don’t. The kinds that don’t are crap..... More »
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Daily Download: Richard Strauss - Le bourgeois gentilhomme: Overture + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Richard Strauss - Le bourgeois gentilhomme: Overture, performed by Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana..... More »
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American Composers Orchestra President Michael Geller Departing in December + MORE

After 20 years as executive leader of American Composers Orchestra (ACO), President and CEO Michael Geller will depart the organization at the end of 2016. He is leaving to attend to personal and family obligations while considering new professional opportunities. ACO’s Board of Directors is seeki.... More »
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The Gospel According to the Other Mary review – a mesmerising aural world + MORE

Coliseum, LondonThe Other Mary has its longueurs, but John Adams’s remarkable score is brilliantly performed by English National Opera Continue reading....... More »

Bach for Lifelong Learners

– www.classicaltyro.com

For several years I have taught a variety of classes in lifelong learning programs, classes that have covered such topics as American Classical Music, Romantic Era Music, Beethoven, and Billy the Kid.Next month, I will begin teaching a class about Johann Sebastian Bach at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Texas at El Paso…

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Iron Composer 2013

– www.newmusicbox.org

For Iron Composer, an aural takeoff on the famed Japanese television cooking show, five finalist composers were each assigned a different form of audience participation as a “secret ingredient” and then were given a studio, an ensemble (a brass trio of double bell trumpet, horn, and trombone), and only five hours to compose a new work.

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By Robert Niles: Put the successes of the Los Angeles Philharmonic next to the failures of the Minnesota Orchestra, and one thing seems clear: a successful orchestra requires a board with the right attitude. That is, thoughtful and resourceful people who understand — and love — the art of symphonic music…

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Continued here: "Gustav Mahler — Symphony No.1 (Part 2)"

Johannes Brahms had just finished his Third Symphony and not yet embarked on his Fourth when Mahler sat down in 1884 to begin composing his First Symphony, not then already called—or thought of as—a “First Symphony”. It took Mahler four years to bring the first, revised version to a close…

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Zerbinetta Reveals Her Secret Identity

– irontongue.blogspot.com

She is Princeton musicology grad student Micaela Baranello. Her CV is here. (That’s Bohemian soprano Mizzi Gunther, who created the title role in The Merry Widow, posing prettily.)I guessed that she was a musicologist some time in 2011 and emailed her about it in January, 2012, noting that she simply knew a whole lot more about opera history than other opera bloggers…

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Seven talented young singers give lively performances but this modest piece lacks creative originality, says Rupert Christiansen.    

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It is a long time since Rupert Christiansen has seen anything at Covent Garden so immaculately cast and meticulously rehearsed.    

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TT: Snapshot

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

Igor Stravinsky records his L’histoire du soldat suite in 1954. The players are Alexander Schneider, Julius Levine, David Oppenheim, Loren…

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Tchaikovsky was not Gay?

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Tchaikovsky was not Gay?That is according to the latest homophobic salvo coming out of Russia. The country’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky has said that ‘there is no evidence that Tchaikovsky was a homosexual’. I thought it was only fair that I set the record straight, as it weren’t, with this frank passage from the composer’s letter to his equally gay brother Modest…

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Enescu’s Symphonie concertante—his Cello Concerto by another name—is excellent programming (with an eye toward repeating the program in Bucharest for the George Enescu Festival) and wonderful music. The Munich Philharmonic’s crowd was drawn in by Mahler 1 (and a few ladies and boys perhaps because of the presence of Gautier Capuçon) and what they got was one of the most beautiful 20th century

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My New Coloratura-Loving Friend

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

My New Coloratura-Loving FriendI promised back in 2009 that when I got a dog, he’d feature on here, in a bid to rival Alex Ross and Jessica Duchen’s often-touted cats. After all, with Elgar, Schoenberg, Berg and Poulenc being dog lovers, among many others, I’ve always been rather surprised at the feline persuasions of the music writing community…

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Kenneth Kirschner—Pirate This Music

– www.newmusicbox.org

When you visit Kenneth Kirschner’s über-minimalist single-page website, you get a clearer sense of how central the free distribution of his work is to him. No program notes are offered, no composer bio included. Just select a track and experience the music. “I think, being an experimental composer, it’s about encouraging a listener to take risks…

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